The Connacht Rugby senior squad made the journey to Creggs RFC yesterday morning to train and take part in a schools’ Open Session. Organised with the Roscommon club, 12 primary and secondary schools travelled from around the county to watch the senior squad train and meet up with players Denis Buckley, Danny Qualter, Jack Carty and Shane Layden who all have Roscommon connections.

The large group of nearly 300 students were then invited onto the pitch to join in with the players for a number of games and rugby drills. The Connacht Rugby coaches and players put the youngsters through their paces before an autograph session and group photo.

During the morning John Muldoon, Gavin Duffy, Dave McSharry, and Jake Heenan also made the short trip down the road to call in and say hello to the young children of Creggs National School.

A big thank you to all at Creggs RFC for their hospitality and to the schools, teachers, principals and parents from Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Co. Galway, Roscommon CBS, Glenamaddy Community School, Roscommon Community College, Castlerea Community College, Creggs NS, Co. Galway, Tarmon NS, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Abbey NS, Roscommon, Kilteevan NS, Roscommon, Clontuskert NS, Roscommon,  Threen NS, Castlerea,  Gaelscoil de h’Ide, Roscommon, Rahara National School and Scoil Mhuire Roscommon.

This was Connacht Rugby’s fourth open training session in the current session and follows on from successful trips to Tuam RFC, Westport RFC and Castlebar RFC during preseason.  This open session forms part of Connacht Rugby’s Outreach and Engagement Programme. Connacht Rugby hope to hold an open training session in all five counties of the province this season. Next stop….Sligo and Leitrim!

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